In this article I will share my thoughts on the inCharge cable, which is available with microUSB connector or Lightning connector to charge Apple devices. inCharge also offers a version with USB Type-C connector and can be ordered from here. The inCharge cable is developped by Lorenzo and Carlo Edoardo Ferraris, and the product is initially crowdfunded via Indiegogo !
inCharge Cable – Product Design
The inCharge cable comes in a very small and simple package, where the inCharge is wrapped around a split-ring covered with a plastic cover and cardboard backside. On the front side you can see that I’ve ordered the micro-USB version, while the backside shows a schematic overview of the inCharge package.
The design is relative simple, but very well thought-out. Both connectors in white (one side is the USB connector and the other side the micro-USB connector) have a flat back surface snap together because the use of two magnets. On the microUSB connector the inCharge branding can bee seen.
Between the both connector you will find the actual cable, wide and flat, with a length of roughly 2 cm. The color of the rubberized cable is black, but you can order the inCharge in a wide variety of colors that fit your personal need. 🙂
Versions inCharge cables
I’ve ordered the micro-USB version because the I mostly have devices with a micro-USB connector:
- Nokia Lumia 635 dual SIM (Windows Phone)
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Android smartphone)
- Dell Venue 8 Pro (Windows 10 powered tablet)
- Vodafone Mobile Mi-Fi
- Pioneer SGX-CA500 cycling computer;
I have just a regular version with a straight micro-USB connector. The inCharge thin version has a tapered micro USB connector. Personally I don’t see any benefit having the thin version. Furthermore you can order an inCharge lightning cable or inCharge USB Type-C cable, where the latter can be ordered from a separate page.
inCharge Cable – The Entrepreneurs
Behind every innovative product there is a team with skilled and smart entrepreneurs, in this case two brothers from Milan (Italy), Lorenzo and Carlo Edoardo Ferraris. Lorenzo is an engineering student, while Carlo Edoardo studies economics. Two excellent backgrounds to combine when building a business.
Lorenzo and Carlo launched the first crowdfunding campaign for inCharge in 2014. More than 25.000 people believed in inCharge, and in less that 2 months, the campaign was 1200% successfully funded. The Ferraris brothers keep improving the inCharge cables and bring different versions to the market (for example the new USB Type-C version).
Concluding thoughts and wrap-up
I’ve ordered the inCharge micro-USB cable to have a very small charging cable in case of emergency when I’m on the go.
The inCharge cable works flawlessly with the mentioned smartphones, tablets and devices in this article. I was surprised that it also worked flawlessly with my Pioneer SGX-CA500 cycling computer (not a mainstream device). The inCharge micro-USB cable also works very well with my Anker Astro Pro Powerbank 10000 mAh, that keeps my devices running while on the go.
The price-point for the inCharge cable is E9,95 which is not very cheap compared to for example an imported Chinese cable. However I think it is worth the price if you don’t like cable spaghetti in your bag and would like to travel light.
Summarizing inCharge is a perfect example of an innovative product that is successfully crowdfunded via indiegogo for a reasonable price-point. Given the strong magnets used I wouldn’t keep the inCharge close to a bank- or creditcard.